The Workers’ Party
have warned that unless urgent and immediate large-scale job creation measures, including direct creation by the government
of jobs, are undertaken the country will suffer irrevocable economic disaster.
Cork Workers Party
councillor Ted Tynan said that a state jobs initiative is absolutely vital and that the government cannot afford to wait for
the private sector to recover its confidence. “There are plenty of urgent
tasks that need to be done in this country. We are in the grip of a housing crisis
with tens of thousands of families who need to be housed. The country is full
of dilapidated and inadequate schools and our natural resources are being pillaged by multinationals”.
was speaking in the wake of the confirmation by the Taoiseach this morning that unemployment here now stands at 11.9% with
413,500 people now signing on the dole. In addition to this there have
been major redundancy announcements this week including 140 jobs at Smurfit Kappa in Cork and almost 300 jobs at ABB and Bausch and Lomb in Waterford.
“Instead of threatening to cut social welfare and impose even more vicious cuts in public services
such as health and education, the government needs to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. The private sector will not do this and are waiting for the economic tide to turn. Unemployed people and those in danger of losing their jobs cannot afford to wait for an upturn. Action must be taken now and the best way to stimulate the economy is to get people
back to work. The state cannot abdicate its responsibility in this area”,
said Cllr. Tynan.
Issued Wednesday 1st July